Edith Parzefall studied literature and linguistics in Germany and the United States and worked in IT before she became a full-time writer and translator.
She supports a street kids project in Recife, Brazil. When she visited Grupo Ruas e Pracas, she took part in a music and crafts workshop with the children. During her stay in Rio de Janeiro, STRAYS OF RIO, a social thriller set in this city of contrasts, took shape.
In 2008 she traveled through Chile, supposedly the safest country in South America. Stopped at a red light in their rented SUV, she and her partner were sandwiched between two trucks on the Pan-American highway. An unplanned excursion to the local hospital and the Carabineros de Chile allowed her insights she never meant to gain but wouldn't want to miss. A new story idea sparked: Crumple Zone.
Nowadays, she prefers to travel back in time to 16th century Nuremberg to spend time with the hangman Meister Frantz. This executioner of the free imperial city first caught her attention when she learned he convinced the city council to let him behead women. Intrigued? No? Well, the traditional punishment for women was drowning...